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© Ninebarrow 2020

While the Blackthorn Burns

March 31, 2014

March Blog


Hello one and all – and welcome to our March newsletter!


There was a wonderful moment this evening when it started raining…that might sound crazy…but for the first time this year, there was that smell of warm tarmac. With that and the clocks going forward, we’ve had the distinct feeling that Summer is on the way.


The album has landed!


It’s been a really exciting few weeks – with the artwork fully completed, we finally received a shipment of albums from the printers. And boy, are we pleased with them! Not only that – but they also seem to be going down really well with the critics. Here’s what a few of the most recent reviews had to say:


Tim Carroll, Folkwords.com says:

Driven by their interpretation of stories, places and events, Whitley and Labouchardiere have delivered an album destined to become a landmark folk album of its time.


Read the full review of 'While the Blackthorn Burns' at Folkwords.com


Rick Pearson, Evening Standard Music Critic says:

In their close harmonies and rural imagery, Ninebarrow occupy the middle ground between Simon & Garfunkel and Seth Lakeman: a place of lyricism, longing and masterly songwriting.


Fatea Magazine says:

"While The Blackthorn Burns" is an exceptional album, it's full of character. It's an album that reflects how life often is, highs and lows providing their own inspirations and whilst it does reach back, it defines its self of the here and now and is totally wonderful for it.


Read the full review of 'While the Blackthorn Burns' at Fatea-records.com


Danny Farragher (FolkAll) Says:

It has everything a good folk collection should have, organic stories, dark tales, mysteries, sorrow, rebellion and misery but more than that is also has two wonderful singers and musicians who can anchor it just enough into the modern day to make both ends of the folkie scale take notice.


Read Danny's the full review of While the Blackthorn Burns at the Folk All Blog


Well, needless to say – we’re pretty darn chuffed with how the album’s being received! Sadly – if you wanted to come to the launch show on the 26th April, it’s now sold out! Hopefully you all managed to get tickets in the final flurry after we sent out the reminder email the other week.


The good news for everyone, is that you can now pre-order the CD from our website and we’ll make sure you get it by (and maybe just a little bit before…!) the release date.




It occurred to us while we were recording our album that so much of what we do on stage is not only music, but also storytelling. The songs alone can only convey so much of the tales we want to tell and we quickly decided that we'd like to be able to share the rest with people who were interested in the places and history contained in our songs. So - we decided to publish a free, online 'songbook'! In it you’ll find lyrics, stories as well as photography of the places around the country that have helped to inspire us. Anyone interested in reading the book can click here to be transported!


Summer excitement


Well…other than that: we’ve got some cracking gigs coming up over the summer. Most recently we’ve been selected from a host of other applicants to support the legend that is Dave Swarbrick. Check out the gigs page for all the latest!


Take care and see you soon,



Jon and Jay x



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